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On Saturday, May 11, the Carthage theatre and social work departments are teaming up to provide a unique experience!

Join us for an afternoon of workshops highlighting the use of theatre as a pathway to trauma recovery, culminating with the inaugural reading of Carthage’s latest verbatim theatre production: “Terminal Exhale,” which highlights the stories of frontline healthcare workers who treat the victims and survivors of gun violence.

This event will include interactive workshops led by Carthage alumna Nicole Middleton ’15, who specializes in using drama therapy to promote trauma healing.

“Terminal Exhale” is a new play written by Carthage students in conjunction with Chicago-based theatre artist Michael Cotey, creator of “Enough: Plays to End Gun Violence,” a national program producing short plays by young people from all over the United States. Students interviewed ten healthcare workers to weave together a script based on their unforgettable testimony about caring for gunshot victims.

“We believe this program is relevant for students and faculty members from majors such as psychology, social work, education, nursing, theater, music, and many more,” according to Debbie Kelly, social work professor.

Register for these events

There are two options to register for this event, which takes place in the Wartburg Theatre.

  1. Register to attend the entire program of workshops and the play reading. Use the coupon code NOCEUS24 at checkout. (The $10 fee only applies to licensed mental health professionals who wish to earn CEUs for their attendance.)
  2. Register for the “Terminal Exhale” reading only. Registration is free.

Sponsoring Department, Office, or Organization:

Social Work Department and Theatre Department

For more information, contact:

Debbie Kelly:, Martin McClendon: